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Fixed-Term Residential Lease Clause 1. Identification of Landlord and Tenant This Agreement is entered into between ____________________________________ (“Tenant”) and _________________________________ (“Landlord”). Each Tenant is jointly and severally liable for the payment of rent and performance of all other terms of this Agreement. Clause 2. Identification of Premises Subject to the terms and conditions in this Agreement, Landlord rents to Tenant, and Tenant rents from Landlord, for residential purposes only, the premises located at __________________________________________________________________, (“the premises”), together with the following furnishings and appliances: ______________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ . Rental of the premises also includes the following which are not covered in lease: __________________________________________________________________. Clause 3. Limits on Use and Occupancy The premises are to be used only as a private residence for Tenant(s) listed in Clause 1 of this Agreement, and the following minor children: ________________________________________________________________. Occupancy by guests for more than ___________________ is prohibited without Landlord's written consent and will be considered a breach of this Agreement. Clause 4. Term of the Tenancy The term of the rental will begin on __________, ____, and end on __________, ____. If Tenant vacates before the term ends, Tenant will be liable for the balance of the rent for the remainder of the term. Tenant must give 30 day notice prior to end of lease term to notify landlord if tenant intends to move out or renew lease. Clause 5. Payment of Rent Regular monthly rent Tenant will pay to Landlord a monthly rent of $__________, payable in advance on the first day of each month. Rent will be paid to__________________________________ at____________________________________________________________________ or at such other place as Landlord designates. Delivery of payment. Rent may be paid: ___ by mail, to ____________________ ___ online (please provide email address)_____________________ Form of payment. Landlord will accept payment in these forms: E-Check (online payment), personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to ____________________ Pro-rated first month's rent. For the period from Tenant's move-in date ______________, ____, through the end of the month, Tenant will pay to Landlord the pro-rated monthly rent of $_______. This amount will be paid on or before the date the Tenant moves in. Clause 6. Late Charges If Tenant fails to pay the rent in full before the end of the _________ day after it's due, Tenant will pay Landlord a late charge of $__________, plus $__________ for each additional day that the rent remains unpaid. The total late charge for any one month will not exceed $__________. Landlord does not waive the right to insist on payment of the rent in full on the date it is due. If rent is late 3 times, landlord may terminate lease. Clause 7. Returned Check and Other Bank Charges If any check offered by Tenant to Landlord in payment of rent or any other amount due under this Agreement is returned for lack of sufficient funds, a “stop payment” or any other reason, Tenant will pay Landlord a returned check charge of $________. Clause 8. Security Deposit Receipt is hereby acknowledged of _____________as a security deposit for the faithful performance of all the terms and conditions of this lease. Under no circumstances is the said security deposit to be applied towards the last month’s rent. The security deposit will be returned to the tenant only upon the occurrence of all the following conditions: a. Payment of all rent due b. The vacating of the premises in a clean condition c. Return of all keys to the Landlord/Agent d. Removal of abandoned articles e. Furnishing a forwarding address to Landlord/Agent After above conditions have been complied with tenant security deposit with an itemized accounting of any charges or damages will be mailed to tenant, no later than thirty days after the termination of this lease. Tenant agrees to give landlord/agent thirty days advance written notice of vacating premises and failure to do so shall constitute the forfeiture of the security deposit herein. Clause 9. Utilities Tenant will pay all utility charges except for the following: _______________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Clause 10. Assignment and Subletting Tenant will not sublet any part of the premises or assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Landlord. Clause 11. Tenant's Maintenance Responsibilities Tenant accepts the premises in its present condition and agrees to take good care of the premises and to make no alterations, additions, repairs or improvements without the prior written consent of landlord. Tenant agrees to report promptly, in writing, to landlord/agent when any portion of the premises is out of repair, and to promptly reimburse landlord/agent for any damage to the premises or furnishing thereof caused by the negligence, misuse, or any other occurrence attributable to tenant, tenant’s agents, family or guests. Tenant further agrees to be responsible for, at tenant’s expense, stoppage of sewer facilities chargeable to tenant’s use of same for broken water pipes due to freezing if a water cut-off has been provided. Tenent also agrees to be responsible for ordinary maintenance such as fixing leaking faucets, timely changing of air conditioner filters, repairing damaged air conditioners due to lack of filters or clogged filters, maintaining the yard, shrubs, snow and ice removal etc., and keeping same comparable to other lawns in the neighborhood. Clause 12. Repairs and Alterations by Tenant a. Except as provided by law, or as authorized by the prior written consent of Landlord, Tenant will not make any repairs or alterations to the premises. b. Tenant will not, without Landlord's prior written consent, alter, re-key or install any locks to the premises or install or alter any burglar alarm system. Tenant will provide Landlord with a key or keys capable of unlocking all such re-keyed or new locks as well as instructions on how to disarm any altered or new burglar alarm system. Clause 13. Violating Laws and Causing Disturbances Tenant is entitled to quiet enjoyment of the premises. Tenant and guests or invitees will not use the premises or adjacent areas in such a way as to: (1) violate any law or ordinance, including laws prohibiting the use, possession or sale of illegal drugs; (2) commit waste (severe property damage); or (3) create a nuisance by annoying, disturbing, inconveniencing or interfering with the quiet enjoyment and peace and quiet of any other tenant or nearby resident. Clause 14. Pets No animal, bird or other pet will be kept on the premises, except properly trained dogs needed by blind, deaf or disabled persons and ____________________ under the following conditions: _________________________________________________________. Clause 15. Landlord's Right to Access Landlord or Landlord's agents may enter the premises in the event of an emergency, to make repairs or improvements or to show the premises to prospective buyers or tenants. Landlord may also enter the premises to conduct an annual inspection to check for safety or maintenance problems. Except in cases of emergency, Tenant's abandonment of the premises, court order, or where it is impracticable to do so, Landlord shall give Tenant _____________ notice before entering. Clause 16. Extended Absences by Tenant Tenant will notify Landlord in advance if Tenant will be away from the premises for _______ or more consecutive days. During such absence, Landlord may enter the premises at times reasonably necessary to maintain the property and inspect for needed repairs. Clause 17. Possession of the Premises a. Tenant's failure to take possession. If, after signing this Agreement, Tenant fails to take possession of the premises, Tenant will still be responsible for paying rent and complying with all other terms of this Agreement. b. Landlord's failure to deliver possession. If Landlord is unable to deliver possession of the premises to Tenant for any reason not within Landlord's control, including, but not limited to, partial or complete destruction of the premises, Tenant will have the right to terminate this Agreement upon proper notice as required by law. In such event, Landlord's liability to Tenant will be limited to the return of all sums previously paid by Tenant to Landlord. Clause 18. Tenant Rules and Regulations ___ Tenants acknowledge receipt of, and have read a copy of, tenant rules and regulations, which are labeled Attachment A and attached to and incorporated into this Agreement by this reference. Clause 19. Payment of Court Costs and Attorney Fees in a Lawsuit In any action or legal proceeding to enforce any part of this Agreement, the prevailing party ___ shall not / ___ shall recover reasonable attorney fees and court costs. Clause 20. Disclosures Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has made the following disclosures regarding the premises: ___ Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards ___ Other disclosures: __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Clause 21. Authority to Receive Legal Papers The Landlord, any person managing the premises, and anyone designated by the Landlord are authorized to accept service of process and receive other notices and demands, which may be delivered to: ___ The Landlord, at the following address: _________________________ ___ The manager, at the following address:__________________________ ___ The following person at the following address: ____________________ Clause 22. Additional Provisions Additional provisions are as follows: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ Clause 23. Validity of Each Part If any portion of this Agreement is held to be invalid, its invalidity will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement. Clause 24. Grounds for Termination of Tenancy The failure of Tenant or Tenant’s guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement, or the misrepresentation of any material fact on Tenant’s Rental Application, are grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to tenants and procedures as required by law. Clause 25. Entire Agreement a. This document constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties, and no promises or representations, other than those contained here and those implied by law, have been made by Landlord or Tenant. Any modifications to this Agreement must be in writing signed by Landlord and Tenant. b. The failure of Tenant or their guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement is grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to tenants and procedures as required by law. Landlord Signature __________________Date_________________ Street Address ___________________________________________ City, State & Zip __________________________________________ Office Phone_______________________Cell Phone_______________________ Email: email@example.com Tenant Siganture ___________________Date___________________ Phone ____________________Work_______________Cell_________________ Email: _____________________ Tenant Signature___________________ Date___________________ Phone ____________________ Work_______________Cell_________________ Email:_____________________ **Please call office phone and cell phone for plumbing, heating, or other emergencies. For all other matters, please only call the office phone Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 6:00pm. If we have not responded to your call within 24 hours, please call office and cell phone. You may also email us 24 hours a day at firstname.lastname@example.org **Renters insurance strongly recommended. Your personal belongings are not covered under our insurance policy.
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